The Indoor Kids: Episode #125 - Console Launches and Nature’s Butter with Jordan Morris
With all the hubbub about the two new consoles on the market, we thought we’d go back and look at the launch titles for consoles through the ages. Plus we discuss Doctor Who, Hunger Games, and a lot of disgusting stuff. Seriously, we start out the episode saying the c-word a few times, and for that, we apologize, you c-words.
Here’s an awesome piece that Jordan Morris wrote for Bullseye. He’s been hosting, and he’s really been kicking ass.
The Outshot: Superman For All Seasons
Growing up, I never got what people liked about Superman. I was into the high drama of the Uncanny X-men. I loved the heavy metal style of Spawn. But Superman? Superman was just… boring. He’s unconditionally virtuous. He always does the right thing. He’s Ned Flanders with heat vision.
But these days I feel differently. The story that changed my tune was Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.
Superman stories tend to drop the blue guy into genre pieces. He’s a sci-fi hero. He’s a detective. Sometimes he’s meet cute-ing in a romantic comedy. Superman for All Seasons is different. It’s a simple coming of age story. Our hero grows up in Smallville, feeling different. Then he moves to the big city to try and make a name for himself. Simple.
Ach… okay… there’s also a nuclear submarine, and flying robots and a villainess in a bustier who has a poison gun… it’s still a comic book. But relatively speaking? Simple. Classic.
The art style owes a lot to Norman Rockwell. He’s even thanked at the top of the book. And they’re not using Rockwell for ironic effect. It’s not David Lynch, exposing the darkness behind America’s white picket fences. They’re using the Rockwell style to tell a story that’s beautiful and emotional… and… I mean this in the best possible way… All American.
There’s one panel that made me get Superman in an instant, after a lifetime of trying to figure out what the big deal was. A tornado hits Smallville. Superman saves the day. Ma and Pa Kent are singing his praises and he says to them… “I could have done more.” That’s what makes Superman interesting. He always thinks “I could have done more.”
Really, don’t we all think that? Like, a lot? We’ve all got some kind of powers - time, money, skills - and I really think most of us try and use them for good. But no matter how much we’re doing, there’s always a voice telling us we should be volunteering, spending more time with our families, writing that screenplay, picking up that musical instrument we haven’t touched since high school.
It’s not really a book for younger kids. It’s light on action and it maybe gets a little corny… several scenes literally take place in a malt shop. But its perfect for someone just finishing high school, or maybe about to leave for college or starting a job.
It drives home a wonderful point. We can behave virtuously. We can succeed. But we still might feel a little sad. And that’s okay.
That feeling of wanting to do more is part of what makes a hero.
Guest host Jordan Morris is back to talk with Brett Gurewitz. Not only is he a founding member of Bad Religion, he also owns the juggernaut independent punk label Epitaph Records. Jordan asks Brett about his career with Bad Religion and the effect fame and money can have on punk music. Then later, Jesse Thorn talks to stand-up comedian Jimmy Pardo about how he’s been able to craft a perfect sense of artful carelessness in his act. Plus, Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum talk about the roots of their Prince cover band and Jordan talks about the comic book that finally turned him on to Superman.
As the show hits three hundred episodes, Jordan decides to hang up his headphones and leave the world of podcasting behind. However, Jesse and Brian track him down at a cattle auction and play him some great clips from the last one hundred episodes in an attempt to woo him back into the recording booth.
Guest host Jordan Morris sits down with actor Greg Sestero and journalist Tom Bissell. In 2003, Greg co-starred in a movie called “The Room”. Its stilted dialogue, weird plot points and bizarre aesthetics turned the movie into a cult hit. There were a lot of questions about how and why it was made, so Greg worked with Tom Bissell to write a book about the film and its eccentric director Tommy Wiseau. Then later we revisit Jesse’s conversation with fashion blogging star Tavi Gevinson. She’ll talk about how weird it is to be a teenager in the world of fashion and why her website Rookie is alternative, but not in the way you’d expect. Plus, Jordan asks the LA Times’ Carolyn Kellogg about what two books you should be reading right now and we play exclusive material from Kyle Kinane’s stand-up comedy set at this year’s MaxFunCon.
I’m going on tour, y’all. I hope you can make it out to a show. I’ll be in Austin, Lafayette, New Orleans, Atlanta, Nashville, St. Louis, Omaha, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and San Diego. And I’m working on a few more.
This is gonna be fun. I’m excited and terrified. Come out and let’s hang out.
Jordan and Jesse sat in the weird recording booth that everyone talks about how weird it is all the time. They had just finished an episode of their hit podcast and their guest, who was probably Chris Fairbanks or something, had already left.
Apparently, this is Tom’s final video game piece ever. He’s quitting, in part, because of all the negativity and rage that surrounds video game writing. It’s a damn shame. This is why we can’t have nice things.
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